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09.09.2020 Article

Pasha 80: A new app helps COVID-19 frontline workers with mental health

By Ozayr Patel - The Conversation
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LISTEN SEP 9, 2020
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Fighting the coronavirus can put severe strain on a person's mental health. Frontline workers in healthcare constantly have to deal with challenges of life and death importance. With this in mind, a team of researchers and health experts in South Africa developed an app to help healthcare professionals cope with anxiety and stress. The app connects healthcare workers to information, resources and each other. It recognises the importance of holistic protection.

In today's episode of Pasha, Professor Ashraf Coovadia and Dr Shaegan Irusen, paediatric specialists at the University of the Witwatersrand, explain how the app works. They emphasise the importance of connecting with people and feeling more in control over an evolving situation.

Photo: “People connecting jigsaw pieces of a head together” By Rawpixel.com found on Shutterstock

Music “Happy African Village” by John Bartmann, found on FreeMusicArchive.org licensed under CC0 1 .

“Inspiring and Upbeat” by Scott Holmes, found on FreeMusicArchive.org licensed under Attribution-NonCommercial License. .

By Ozayr Patel, Digital Editor

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